Researchers Use Google to Find Chickenpox Seasons
The virus has been found to peak during the spring.
Andrea Sechi, Marco Adriano Chessa, Miriam Leuzzi, Iria NeriIndian Journal of Dermatology 2018 63(3):272-273
Herpes zoster (HZ) and its main complication, postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), constitute an important health problem, reducing the quality of life of patients, and increasing healthcare costs (1). Many patients with PHN develop severe physical, occupational and social disabilities because of enduring pain (2). HZ or shingles is caused by the reactivation of the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), which remains latent in sensory nerve ganglia following the primary infection (chickenpox). This reactivation causes a localized eruption of vesicular lesions and the presence of pain and inflammation of the affected nerve root (3).
We report the first case of a patient who presented with acute calvarial osteomyelitis after VZV reactivation and Propionibacterium acnes suprainfection.
In this report, a VZV pneumonia case in a previously healthy adult is presented. The patient was treated with early intravenous acyclovir and both clinical and radiographic recovery has been observed. PMID: 29738266 [PubMed - in process]
The skin is a tough tissue resistant to damage and therefore refractory to viral propagation. Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is a skin-tropic virus that causes chickenpox. Although very common, VZV infection can be life-threatening particularly in the immunocompromised. Therefore, understanding VZV-keratinocyte interactions is important to find new treatments beyond vaccination and anti-viral drugs. In VZV-infected skin, we observed focal up-regulation of the protease Kallikrein 6 (KLK6), and the ubiquitin-ligase MDM2 concomitant with Keratin 10 down-regulation.
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Perhaps you heard the news recently that Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles. Headlines announced this in a variety of ways: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is suffering from shingles (NY DailyNews) Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles; must be quarantined from his baby (today.com) Lin-Manuel Miranda has shingles, regrets joke about blurred vision (CBS News). Without more information, these headlines might leave you wondering: is this a serious condition? Is it dangerous for children? Can it lead to blindness? What is shingles? The term “shingles” refers to a painful rash caused ...
People 50 and older should get the new shingles vaccine whether or not they remember having had chickenpox as a child, experts say.
(Natural News) A case study published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology looked at shingles cases that occurred in healthy children that were vaccinated for chickenpox. In the study, the authors looked at cases of shingles that were initially thought to be skin rashes. The authors looked at seven cases of children who contracted herpes zoster (shingles) at the...
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CHICKENPOX symptoms can include a high temperature, aches and pains, a loss of appetite, and, one of the more recognisable signs, an itchy and spotty rash. The illness mostly affects children, but can adults get it? Dr Sara Kayat appeared on This Morning to offer her advice for adults fearful of contracting the illness during chickenpox season.